Let The Motive Of The Sower Create Motivation For The Harvest
Last night, I was at a prophetic conference in Henderson, NV. The speaker, Abner Suarez, made a simple statement that I shared in experience. In summary, he said that there is nothing as frustrating as when you give a prophetic word and the person receiving it acknowledges it as a word from God, yet after receiving that word says, “Please pray that it happens in my life”. Why do many Christians rush into prayer lines and flock to conferences to receive a word, but experience no change? I believe one of the best explanations is found in Matthew 13:1-23, when Jesus gave the parable of the sower.
Most Christians, familiar with the parable, will agree that the emphasis of the parable appears to focus on the types of soil in which the seed was sown.
“And as he sowed, some [seed] fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. (v.4)
“Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. (v.5,6)
“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. (v.7)
“But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (v.8)
Jesus went on to explain that the soil in the parable refers to the condition of man’s heart and how that affects the outcome of the word sown.
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand [it], then the wicked [one] comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. (v.19)
“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. (v.20-21)
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. (v.22)
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands [it], who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (v.23)
This explains a lot, but still leaves many sincere christians confounded. They love God and earnestly seek Him. They serve Him and serve others. However, if honest, they would say that they are not even seeing a thirty fold return on what they heard. So, what’s missing? I believe it is found in the obvious.
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. (v.10,11)
Do you believe that? That the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are not to be mysterious to you? Observe the obvious;
“But blessed [are] your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; “for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous [men] desired to see what you see, and did not see [it], and to hear what you hear, and did not hear [it]. “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: (v.16-18)
Jesus points out, that they have been given the ability to see and to hear things concerning the kingdom. He goes one step further in providing revelation for what was spoken in parable. In like manner, you and I, as disciples of Jesus Christ, born of the Spirit of God, enjoy the same privileges.
But I remember a time when I could see and hear but got no results. I wanted a tangible harvest and none was to be found. I have come across many who are still there and I have something for you. Observe the obvious;
“Behold, a sower went out to sow. (v.3b)
The obvious is very simple yet extremely profound. I grew up in northern California, where there are many fruit orchards. As a youth, one summer, I worked on an apricot orchard for an extremely short stay. The fruit orchards are normally lined with trees in a military fashion. Rows and rows covering a large mass of land. Well, those fruitful trees started with the sowing of seed. Whether the seed is sowed by hand or by machines, there is one common denominator; It is the harvest. The sower sows seed for the harvest. The harvest is the desire of the sower and if you can perceive that in light of the Spirit and the Word of God, then you have discovered one of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
No farmer looks forward to the labor of sowing without the expectation of reaping a large harvest. They want an abundant return for their labors. This is by design of Elohim, our creator, who created us in His likeness. And God is perfect in all His ways. He sows on purpose and He can back up His expectation. Therefore, there is no problem with the seed sown. The issue lies in the quality of the soil. But here is another mystery revealed;
“For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, Nor [are] your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:8-11 nkjv
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32 nkjv
So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17 nkjv
Whatever we hear by revelation in the scriptures or through prophetic proclamation in the Spirit is given to us to for God Himself to receive a harvest. Let this encourage you to walk in the promises of God and His prophecies over your life. Let the motive of the sower create motivation for the harvest.